Preparation is the key to achieving the best possible tan. Determining the tanning program that’s right for your unique skin type before you start is the key to achieving and maintaining a natural-looking glow. Tanning is about more than just looking good, it’s also about the satisfaction of knowing you are taking the best care of your skin. From moisturisers to self-tanners, our premium tanning lotions and sunless tanning products are a tans best friend. Give yourself the power to treat your skin right and tan in a controlled environment!
Ensuring you get a great tan, safely and improve your own well being
Healthy skin is the foundation of a successful tan. Indoor tanning products are designed to provide critical moisture to the skin before, during and after tanning. Dry skin peels away your tan layer by layer, so the healthier your skin, the longer you keep a tan. Your skin is designed to tan as a natural body function. A tan is the body’s natural protection against sunburn.
Indoor tanning – the safe, sensible way to get a great tan
The professional indoor tanning industry promotes and teaches what is referred to as “The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning”: Don’t ever sunburn. Indoor tanning is an intelligent way to minimise the risk of sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefit of having a tan.
Healthy, glowing skin whilst you tan
Good skin care can help delay the natural ageing process and prevent many skin problems. Here are some simple skin care rules that will help protect your skin and keep it healthy and glowing.
- Protect yourself from the sun: Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun during high-intensity hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., wear protective clothing and use sunscreen if prolonged exposure cannot be avoided.
- Wash your skin gently: Cleansing an essential part of caring for your skin. Warm water is preferable to hot, which removes the natural oils from your skin. Choose mild soaps and pat your skin dry, so that some moisture remains on your skin, then moisturise immediately.
- Moisturise regularly: Moisturisers help maintain your skin’s natural moisture levels. Moisturisers work by creating a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping, or by slowly releasing water into your skin. The moisturiser that’s right for you depends upon your particular skin type and your age.
How the skin tans
When the skin is exposed to UV light, a message is sent to the brain and, the process of melanin production begins. The production of melanin is the skin’s natural method of protection against UV light. Melanocytes travel to the surface of the skin and if UV exposure continues over time, the melanocytes are encouraged to stay at the surface of the skin where they oxidise and turn brown, creating a tan.
A base tan is created by having 2-3 UV sessions in a row at a length that is appropriate for your skin type, leaving no more than 3 days between each session. If you leave longer than three days between your sessions, the melanocytes will recede and the process has to start over again. When the base tan has developed, regular “maintenance” sessions will keep your colour strong (along with a regular moisturising routine!)
Therefore, the key to developing a tan is not spending hours unprotected in the sun or long sessions on the sunbed, it is ensuring your skin is properly prepared, cared for and that session length is appropriate for your skin type, tanning history and the equipment that you choose to use.
In order to design your individual tanning prescription, you will need to complete a short questionnaire in our salon. This questionnaire is based upon the Fitzpatrick Scale, which is a measurement that defines a skin type’s biological susceptibility to UV light. This scale is recognised by both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an accurate and standardised measurement. Please enquire in our salon for your individual tanning prescription.